Michelle Edwards
Michelle is an actress, writer, director and Frantic Assembly practitioner. Born and raised in Glasgow, Michelle studied for her BA(Hons) in Performance (Acting option) at Mountview Theatre School. Her professional credits include Taggart, Waking The Dead and BAFTA award winning film Refugee as well as numerous theatre tours. Michelle has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has won championships at National Level. She has a Gold Award (Advanced with Recommendation) from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and is a skilled stage/screen fighter in 8 weapons systems including rapier, broadsword and knife. Michelle has danced since she was a toddler and has 3 teaching diplomas in tap, ballet and modern. More recently Michelle has written and produced interactive dramas for universities using actors to provide training on a range of topics including diversity and inclusion, gender equality and sexual consent. In 2010 Michelle founded Mishmak Youth Theatre which has branches in Sutton and Datchet and provides theatre training and performance opportunities to young people aged between 5 and 18 years old. Mishmak participates in National Theatre Connections annually. Michelle has two children - Arrabella and Roddy.
Neil McDermott
TV includes playing series regular Ryan Malloy in Eastenders for the BBC; Doctor Who (BBC); George Gently (BBC); series regular Dr Ralph Ellis in The Royal (ITV); Kiss Of Death (BBC); Chopratown (BBC) and Rosemary and Thyme(ITV). Neil has also appeared in episodes of Casualty and Doctors (BBC). Theatre includes Club Tropicana (No. 1 UK Tour); EUGENIUS! (The Other Palace and West End Transfer); The Sound of Music (No1 UK Tour); TheWind in The Willows (London Palladium & Plymouth Theatre Royal); The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Ambassadors’ Theatre); Oliver!(Grange Park Opera); Only The Brave (Soho Theatre / Welsh Millennium Centre); Pride and Prejudice (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); Shrek The Musical (West End); La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory); Follies (London Palladium); Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse); The Sound Of Music (London Palladium); Bad Girls The Musical(West Yorkshire Playhouse); Aladdin (The Old Vic); The Gondaliers and The Waterbabies (Chichester Festival Theatre); Babes In Arms (New Theatre, Cardiff); Through The Woods (Birmingham Rep). Film includes Blooded, The Hitch, Goal!.